June 12, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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If it Doesn't Look Right, Sound Right or Seems Wrong...

It is that time of year when there is an upswing in vandalism throughout the County. The police stress that WE ARE THEIR EYES AND EARS when it comes to reporting suspicious activity. 


We can do our part by removing the "opportunity" for crimes to be committed.


  • 911 for emergencies
  • 410-313-3200 for non-emergencies
If something doesn't look right, sound right, seems out of the norm or you have any concern whatsoever - MAKE THE CALL.

You can help keep our community safe. 
Read. Stay Connected. Help Us Grow. Win a Gift Card!

On Fridays in the month of June, we will give away a Rita's gift card. There will be a variety of ways to enter the contest for this random weekly drawing:

  • Answer the question we will ask each week in the e-Newsletter.  
  • Like and Share the specific contest related posts you will see throughout the coming weeks. Hint: Remember to Like us on Facebook 
Question of the Week
What number/Who do you call when something doesn't look or sound right?

Entries must be received by 5PM on June 19 for the June 20 drawing. Click here to email your answer!

And the Winner is...
Linda M!

Linda is so excited to be the winner of the June 6 drawing for a Rita's gift card. She loves visiting the Rita's in Harper's Choice with her children and recently discovered how yummy the custard is. Congratulations, Linda!

Did You Know...
June 15 is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Howard County Department of Citizen Services and Howard County Police Department have teamed up to educate the public about the warning signs and what to do if you suspect a person you know is a victim of elder abuse. Elder abuse refers to the intentional or neglectful acts of a caregiver or 'trusted' individual that may lead to physical, mental or financial abuse or exploitation. It can occur at home, in a nursing home or another institution that provides services or care - it can even happen over the phone. This June 15, learn the signs of abuse or neglect, including:

  • lack of basic hygiene, adequate food or clean and appropriate clothing
  • lack of critical medical aides like glasses, medications, walker, dentures and hearing aids
  • a person confined to bed or with dementia left without care
  • a home that is unsanitary, unhealthy, in disrepair and without adequate facilities like heating or cooling, functional plumbing and electricity
  • changes in behavior
  • unexplained fractures, bruises, cuts, sores or burns.

To learn more about elder abuse and how to prevent it, visit the National Center for Elder Abuse website or the County's Office on Aging website. If you feel an older person is in a life threatening situation or immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

You Can Donate Used Books to the Howard County Library System
Donating books and materials to the Library is a great way to pass along your used reading or electronic media items so others may enjoy them. All items collected are sold online through  BetterWorld Bookstore; proceeds support the Friends of Howard County Library System.

The Department of Public Works website can help you find more ways to give back other household items like bikes, eyeglasses, sneakers and other items.
Covenant Corner
What to Know if you Have (or Plan to Start) an In-Home Business
Approval from the Village Architectural Committee is required for most home businesses with the exception of in-home day care, which requires state and county licensing, but not approval from the Village Architectural Committee.

The following criteria is taken into consideration during the approval process:
  • The business or profession should be compatible with a high quality residential neighborhood.
  • No signs or other advertising will be permitted.
  • Parking, deliveries and the potential impact on neighboring properties will be considered.

In-home business applications are available at Kahler Hall, or can be accessed online. 

Pool Hours
Through June 19
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice through June 19.

12PM - 7PM Saturday and Sunday

11AM - 7PM Monday - Friday
12PM - 7PM Saturday and Sunday

Hobbit's Glen
12PM - 7PM Saturday and Sunday
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. The committee meets only once in August. Please plan your summer alterations with the following meeting schedule in mind: 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/19. 

Village Board Meetings
The Village Board meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00PM. The next meeting is scheduled for July 1. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

Columbia-Wide Events
Festival of the Arts

Opening Weekend is June 13-15 on the Lakefront in Columbia Town Center. This year, the Festival is Bringing It Home. With live music, kids' entertainment and crafts, strolling performers, a variety of activities for all ages and fabulous festival food fare, it's a jam-packed weekend guaranteed to be fun for everyone!  


The season lineup is an eclectic mix of free and ticketed events including film, literature, theater, music, art exhibitions, workshops, artistic competitions and even a circus.  To view or download the season brochure, click here.
Lakefront Festival

Nightly, weather permitted, beginning June 16.  


The Lakefront Summer Festival is sponsored by Columbia Association and held on the lawn at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Admission and parking are free. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.  


Summer entertainment includes concerts, movies, dancing under the People Tree, and teen open mic nights. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the entertainment. This summer's schedule has something for everyone! 

Primary Election 
June 24 with early voting beginning on June 12 at select polling locations.

Visit the MD State Board of Elections website to find your polling location.

Registered voters unaffiliated with any political party are eligible to vote for non-partisan races like Board of Education.

Visit the Howard County Board of Elections website to request an absentee ballot and check deadlines.

Harper's Choice Events

Longfellow Pool Party
July 8 from 6PM - 9PM
Free DJ and Rita's. Additional food available
for purchase through the Longfellow PTA.

Swansfield Pool Party
August 7 from 6PM - 9PM
Free DJ and Rita's.

Hobbit's Glen Pool Party
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM
DJ, food and fun. Watch for more details for this event geared towards adults.
Shred & Give Back Day
July 19 from 9AM - 1PM. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information about a day of giving in Harper's Choice.

We will have a shred truck on site to take care of your confidential documents and a trailer from Goodwill to take donations of clothing and small household goods. We are working with other organizations and hope to provide an opportunity to help you give back much more of your unwanted items!

National Night Out
August 5 from 6PM - 9PM in the courtyard on Joseph's Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

The Unity Reggae Band will perform, and we are holding a blood drive at Kahler Hall from 4PM - 8PM. Watch for more details and registration information in cooperation with the American Red Cross so you can schedule your appointment.

Join us for this annual event designed to empower and encourage our community to stand up together against crime.

Youth & Teen Events
Calling all Skaters and Action Sports Youth
It's been a long winter; now it's time to break out and show Howard County Recreation and Parks what you got! The Department is seeking original skateboarding, biking and/or rollerblading video footage filmed at the County's North Laurel Skate Park, Centennial Skate Spot or Rockburn Skills Course for their first-ever ShredIt Action Sports Video Contest.

To be eligible for consideration, contestants must be 13 years of age or older and have their own original skateboarding, biking and/or rollerblading video edits shot at the above location(s).

Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and then revealed on the Department's Facebook page. ALL entrants will receive a ShredIt t-shirt. The winner(s) will be announced at National Night Out at the North Laurel Community Center on Tuesday, August 5.

DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, July 11. For full contest details, terms and submission form, visit the ShredIt page. Good luck!

PS: Check out the Department's teaser on YouTube. 

Middle School Takeover
June 13 from 7PM - 11PM at Supreme Sports Club. Total VIP access to rock climbing, iDance, swimming and roller skating. $5 admission for all middle schoolers. Pre-registration is required. Call 410-992-3726 by June 11 to register. Visit the Youth and Teen Center for more information.


June 14 from 11AM-3PM at the Central Branch of the Howard County Library System.  


Meet Brian Biggs, Suzanne Supplee, Melissa Thomson, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang at HCLS' book festival for children and teens. A take-your-own-photo booth, face painting, a bubble activity table, art activities for teens and crafts for children are part of the festivities! Books available for purchase and signing.


Schedule and details are available here.


This event is in partnership with Columbia Festival of Arts' LakeFest and is sponsored by Friends of Howard County Library System.  


Solstice Celebration

June 22 from 3PM - 5PM 

Celebrate the summer solstice with Columbia Families in Nature!

Gather at the gazebo below the Lake Elkhorn dam and enjoy playing with the Robinson Foundation's portable natural playground (mud making, tent building, stump hopping, etc.) and participate in solstice related activities.

Read more about the "playground" and sign up for this outing either via Facebook or on the Columbia Families in Nature event page.




Senior Events
Oldies Concert
June 13 from 6PM - 8PM at the Harper's Choice Village Center. Hear oldies from the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. Bring a blanket, some chairs, and a picnic to join the fun in the open space on Joseph Square behind Zapata's Mexican Restaurant.

Iris Hirsch and Glenn Bullion are the lead singers of the Retro-Rockets and will share their rich harmonies using today's music technology so they sound like a full band.

This concert is weather dependent and will be canceled if it rains.

Ask the Officer
June 24 from 10AM-11AM. Do you wonder how to dispute fraudulent accounts opened in your name? Do you know how to file a police report? Are you protected against identity theft? What would you do if you are wrongfully accused of a crime? Do you know how to make a formal complaint about rowdy neighbors? Get the answers to your questions with Officer Andre Lingham in the Bain Lobby.

Call the Bain Center at 410-313-7213 for details.

Ask the Pharmacist
June 30 from 10AM-11AM. Do you have questions regarding medications you are taking? With allergy season approaching, find out if you should take an over-the-counter medication or something prescribed by your physician.

Get answers to your pharmacy questions.

Pharmacist Don Hamilton will be on site for your one-on-one session.

Call the Bain Center at 410-313-7213 for details and to register.
Stay Connected
Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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